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Citizens Fire Academy

The Waco Fire Department announces its inaugural Citizens Fire Academy. The Academy will take place in the month of September with graduation coinciding with the Fire Prevention Week at the beginning of October. These courses will provide the residents of Waco with an interactive learning experience about the services provided by the department and will include lessons on increasing fire and life safety awareness. Participants will get to learn about the core job functions through classroom instruction, hands-on participation, and live demonstrations.

The application enrollment period is from August 2 – 30. Classes will be held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. from September 9-30th at the Waco Fire Department’s Fire Training Facility, part of the Emergency Services Education Center (7601 Steinbeck Bend).

The Citizens Fire Academy is for McLennan County residents 18 years of age or older, who are interested in learning more about how the Waco Fire Department is organized and conducts its operations. They will spend time learning about topics like:

  • Waco’s hiring and training process
  • Apparatus familiarization
  • Hazardous materials
  • Technical Rescue
  • Fire tactics and strategies
  • Life-saving CPR training

The Fire Prevention and Community Risk Reduction division will give an overview of its operations as well.

The Citizens Fire Academy is limited to 25 participants and those selected must complete a waiver of liability and release form before attending the first class. Background checks will be conducted on all applicants. For more information, please contact Fire Administration at (254) 750-1740


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A true customer service organization, the Waco Fire Department responds to well over 18,000 calls for service per year. Calls include structure fires, vehicle fires, grass/brush fires, auto extrication, water rescues, medical emergencies, hazardous material situations and other emergencies.

Additionally, the department responds to non-emergency calls which include animal rescues, lockouts, water evacuation and many other service calls when the citizen cannot find help from other resources.

The Waco Fire Department participates in Regional Technical Rescue and Hazardous Materials Response Team agreements with surrounding counties and is part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) assisting with statewide disasters and wildfires.

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